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    Posted: 23 January 2016 at 15:53
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Swansea (Welsh name Abertawe, meaning "mouth of the river Tawe"), is a coastal city situated about 40 miles west of the capital, Cardiff. It is Wales's second largest city and the UK's twenty-fifth largest with a population of 241,300 in 2014. During its 19th-century industrial heyday, Swansea was a key centre of the copper industry, earning the nickname 'Copperopolis'.

The city was extensively bombed in WW2 so much of the central shopping area comprises drab postwar shopping centres but there is still much of interest and a few miles to the west is the resort area of The Mumbles with its pier, cafes and restaurants while a little further to the west lie the beautiful sandy beaches of the Gower Peninsula.

My wife wanted a new bike so we were visiting Paulus Quiros in the Maritime Quarter, which is where we begin this tour.

1. The bike shop is in the former pilot house.


2. Statue


3. Cormorants and gulls, Tawe Barrage


4. River Tawe


5. The few commercial boats stand out amongst the mass of pleasure craft.


6. Breakwater


7. Next to the breakwater is an urban section of beach.


8. Wake up


9. The tram collection of the National Waterfront Museum. This cab is all that survives of the Mumbles Railway, built as a horse-drawn tramway in 1804-5 and becoming the first railway in the world to regularly carry passengers in 1807. Horses were used up until 1896, but steam locomotives first came into use in 1877. Electric tramcars took over from 1929 until closure in 1960. The original line ran from Swansea to Oystermouth, later extended to the newly built Mumbles Pier.
There's a lovely film lamenting its closure, narrated by Wynford Vaughan Thomas and it's not hard to imagine he and Dylan Thomas on board while watching the black and white footage.


10. Reflection


11. Statue of John Henry Vivian (17851855), industrialist and MP.


12. After visiting Coast Cafe, I made my way into the city centre.


13.


14. Railmens Club


15.


16. Night life


17. Oddly named...


18 ...but inaccurately!


19. Dylan Thomas Theatre


20. Swansea castle and BT castle. Swansea castle dates from the late 13th century, only this small section remains.


21. Conversations


22. On the street


23. Backlit sculpture




Edited by alanfrombangor - 16 December 2018 at 20:31
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2016 at 21:55
Love the house on 15 and the sculpture at end best.

Thanks for posting.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mgjsmith Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2016 at 22:59
Oh I know SA368 in No5 so well. Nice series, including my old place of employment in No 20 - the BT building I hasten to add, not the old castle. Martin
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Thanks for your comments, glad you found these of interest.

Edited by alanfrombangor - 16 December 2018 at 20:36
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